Stayton – Bula, 100,
died Wednesday in Beaverton. She was born in Stayton and lived
there all of her life, until moving to Beaverton 1˝ years ago.
Bula graduated from Stayton High School in 1930, and was a star on
the girl’s basketball team because she was so tall. She attended
Oregon State University for two years before going to work in
Portland as a comptroller for Portland Motor Stages and later in a
She married Fernando
Martin “Farmer” Smith on May 19, 1940 in Portland. He preceded
her in death on May 24, 1997. They met in high school, albeit
Farmer was one year ahead of her. They took frequent trips around
the U.S. by car, and also traveled internationally. She and Farmer
enjoyed a dinner with former presidents Gerald Ford and Richard
Nixon. They were charter members of both the Santiam Golf Club and
Illahe Country Club, and also members of Immaculate Conception
Catholic Church in Stayton.
Bula was a voracious
reader, a member of Santiam Bowling, and enjoyed playing cards,
especially bridge. She also liked golfing, needlepoint, sewing,
gardening, and entertaining, as well as cooking and canning. Her
famous pumpkin pie recipe was featured on the label of the Santiam
brand of canned pumpkin. She started making pickles – sweet,
dill and bread and butter - when she was 28 and continued well
into her 90s. In well over 60 years of pickle making, she canned
and distributed roughly 10,000 quarts to her friends and family.
Her secret to getting the cucumbers clean and smooth was to run
them through the washing machine.
Bula completed The Oregonian crossword puzzle daily and did her sit-up routine
before she started her day. She and her sister, Gladys, could
frequently be found at local garage and estates sales, looking for
Bula is survived by her
three children: Dean (JoAnn) Smith of Lake Oswego, Paul (Mary)
Smith of Boulder, CO., and Susan (Tom) Kuczmarski of Chicago, IL.;
10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in
death by 1 brother and 4 sisters.
Visitation will be
Monday, May 28 from 3-8 pm at North Santiam Funeral Sevice in
Stayton. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, May 29 at 10:00
am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Stayton. Interment
in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Stayton. Contributions may be made to
the Brown House Restoration c/o Santiam Heritage Foundation PO Box
161 Stayton, OR 97383 or St. Mary Elementary School 1066 N. Sixth
Ave. Stayton, OR 97383. Serving the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.